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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-05-2014, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question Pre-gen problems

We recently purchased a 1987 Ninja 250r. She is in pretty bad shape but after a new coil and some patience she turns over and rides nice. other than a slap that we have pinned down to the cam tensioner and chain there are no major mechanical problems. Now seeing as how she was previously owned by someone who loved to drink and ride there is a mile long list of things wrong. i love everything about this year bike, but some things are hard to come by much like a lot of these older bikes.

what i would like to know from my fellow ninja owners is if anyone out there can give me a few suggestions on the following (be it somewhere to get parts or a way to fix the ones i have):
both exaust are completly shot. between poorly placed bore holes, to rusted dings and rocks shots there is no saving these, theres a slim chance to cut them down and spare pieces.
the entire left side foot peg/ exaust bracket was smashed and poorly band aided. enough that the rear peg is bent to hell. the only guy we found to have one on ebay charged double for the left than the right and then when we inquired he changed the price to higher than his original asking bid.
the bracket that holds the right handle bar to the triple tree is bent. we are considering clip ons under the triple tree.... is this recommended?
the headlight randomly decides when it wants to work... wiring dissection pending, but has anyone else encountered this problem?
clutch does not engauge in reserve... seeing as how gauges are a luxury and this one has all but the gas this could be a future problem.
she came to us with no air box or battery tray. well the battery tray was refabbed out of a license plate. and there were 2 pod filters put on that came off before we could even attempt to examine how they were attached.
theres no wind screen and no hope of finding one has anyone else done anything cool with the windscreen area?
the part that i am saddest she is missing is the belly pan. someone please help me out on this one!!!!!!
and finally my last point on this rant is the tank. the one i have is fine but the shape is a little weird. i like the way the front end looks with no plastics and they cover the tank. i was considering having my dad make me a fiberglass shell but this wont happen until me and my bike take a 20 hour train ride and a 4 hour drive to his house... not to mention im going to have to leave her with him until its done and then pray amtrak doesn't scratch it on the way back. anyone have a suggestion otherwise? we also thought of bon-do and patches on the odd parts but there is an air release valve right on the top that just gets in the way.
so you can see theres a lot going on here. any little tips and tricks you have will be greatly appreciated. as mechanically inclined as my boyfriend and i are we sometimes over think things and simple solutions go right over our heads

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-06-2014, 09:58 PM
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first off, I love the '87 also. I have a 2007 (88-07 model). Parts for the 86-87 are going to be incredibly tough to find as I'm sure you know already.

I know price may be an issue on most of the questions you've asked, but here's my two cents.

Exhausts: based on an eye test, it looks like the 88-07 exhausts would fit (at least, probably with a little fabricating, but that may be the easiest solution) if the headers for your bike are still good. Outside of that, you may be better off looking for an aftermarket exhaust system, or finding someone who can fabricate some for you.

Pegs/rearsets: This isn't too bad of a price: LEFT


Parts for this bike are going to be rare and, in many cases, more expensive.

Guages: many older bikes don't have gas gauges. My bike is an '07, like I said, and it doesn't. Every time I fill up, I usually reset my trip meter. And I usually fill up about every 150 miles, though it should go at least 200 in the city.

Fairings/gas tank: Sounds like you're missing these parts --

Here's some other fairings:

It'd be good if you could upload a pic or two of the bike so I can have a more accurate idea of what you're talking about.

As far as the screen goes...good luck. Most people that fix these up end up making their own or getting them made.

You've got a heck of a project in front of you from the sound of it, but it'll be worth it. Don't get frustrated and appreciate the information that you'll learn!

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thank you so much. the left foot peg bracket is exactly what i needed. the gas tank fairings i have, but im looking to remove the shell that goes over the tank and around the headlight. when the fairings are put on everything goes into place ok but it looks really ugly. there are gaps in odd places and the shape of the tank is just weird. as for the air release valve on the top of the tank we can run a hose from it to avoid debris but it still sticks up an inch off the tank so it could snag for any number of reasons.
with the gauges i have come to accept that i wont have a gas gauge but the bike will not switch into gear while in reserve. neither of us have encountered this problem before so i was wondering if anyone knew how to fix it or why it could happen before i miss jude my gas and get stuck.
dont worry i have a ton of photos. i still havent gone through them all but i am going to put up a play by play on everything we do to it. when we finish the initial tear down im going to put them all up together.
i am so excited for this project, and when we look at the end result i know that all the money spent is going to be so worth it. i have a love for older bikes and this is the street bike ive always wanted. she just kinda fell into our laps at the right time and she is going to be well cared for.

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